“Extra Credit” Considering Surgery: An Important Conversation
November 24 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm PSTFree
We want to support our children as they explore their gender. While it is tempting to roll out a specific roadmap, there is no single path toward one’s authentic self. Genital surgery may or may not be a destination for a gender diverse person. Some surgical procedures are more risky than others; more “successful” than others; and have more complications and/or revisions than others. Are we considering the full picture? What are the questions we should be asking before heading into lower surgeries? Many transgender adults do not pursue genital surgery and many do. The decision-making process is complicated. How can parents make these decisions for their child? What are the expectations that youth have about genital surgery? How are their expectations different from the realities? How can we encourage a child to know their body beforehand so they can better know their body afterwards? What about sexual function before and after? Isn’t it a good idea to have some experience with orgasm first? What if your child is “too dysphoric” to even think about masturbation? What about surgery for youth who have had puberty delay intervention and then cross hormones? How does that change surgical options? Does genital surgery “fix” gender dysphoria? These are complex questions to ponder especially if you are the parent of a trans child. While our children may eventually make this difficult decision, shouldn’t we, as parents and caregivers, do all we can to ask/explore these questions?
This session is FOR PARENTS ONLY. No childcare provided.
This session is an interactive discussion to consider factors that are not readily discussed when exploring possible surgical decisions for teens/young adults. This will NOT be a discussion meant to inform on any particular surgical procedure(s). More so, we hope to inspire an eyes-wide-open approach for parents to the complex variables that present themselves when considering your child’s possible surgical future.